Something else. Mario Schifano's monochromes on display in Milan.

Gio Marconi Gallery presents the exhibition Mario Schifano. Something Else. Monochromes made between 1960 and 1962 are on display.

Galleria Gio Marconi in Milan presents from January 22 to March 20, 2020 the exhibition Mario Schifano. Something Else, curated by Alberto Salvadori and in collaboration with theMario Schifano Archive.

Monochromes made by the artist between 1960 and 1962 will be on display; with his monochromes, Schifano intends to reset the surface of the painting to zero, as a response to the informal, but also to give it another point of view, that is, to frame it, in order to propose a new way of painting. A resetting of gesture and meaning to make a painting that starts from scratch.

Schifano’s monochromes are created with industrial enamels with a glossy, opaque effect; dripping color spread liberally and unevenly on the rough surface of wrapping paper. Intent is to give the idea of billboard painting.
The surface of the paintings, brightly colored and devoid of hues, is a new space to be investigated, a prelude to new images.

The title of the exhibition refers to a work made in 1960 by the artist himself and to a 1962 polyptych featured in the exhibition. Something else indicates that what Schifano intended to paint had to be different from what was around. The monochrome, intended as a tabula rasa, is ready to be transformed into a place of projection, into a photographic field in which details, details and fractions of images will come into focus.

The monochromes will be flanked by works on paper made in the same years.

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Pictured, Mario Schifano in his studio in front of the work Something Else, Rome, 1962. Courtesy Mario Schifano Archive.

Something else. Mario Schifano's monochromes on display in Milan.
Something else. Mario Schifano's monochromes on display in Milan.

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